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IDE Drives
Author: Tim Taylor

IDE Drives:

Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) (also known as ATA) the most common way to connect hard drives, CD-ROM, CD-Recordable and DVD-ROM drives to today's personal microcomputers, both Mac and PC. All current production Macs and PCs come with at least an IDE hard drive and CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive installed as standard equipment.

Eventually SATA Drives will replace IDE Drives.

The channel is faster. There is also ESATA (enhanced). USB drives were initially designed to come up with a universal connection for external devices, but they have never been that fast. They are great for external hard drives and back up, but not for pc drives.

Listener Emails
Author: Tim Taylor

Listener Emails

Q. I have a wireless router and a wireless print server. I would like to buy a one terabyte external hard drive and connect it to a wireless file server and I can’t find this. Is there another name for a wireless file server if not what would you recommend?

A. There isn’t a wireless file server. It is actually a computer that is hooked up to your wireless network that has a file server program on it. You can plug the external hard drive into any machine on your network and share the external hard drive. For example, if you have a laptop and another computer and you plug the external hard drive into that machine you can share the hard drive. Click on hard drive and select the drive (i.e. C), then go down to properties and turn on sharing. Now anyone on the network can see the documents on that drive.

Q. I am using Windows XP with Service Pack II and Internet Explorer 6.

I have several folders of MP3 music files which from time to time I transfer to my music player. It holds approximately 2 GB of music. How can I tell how much space each folder contains in order to have some idea when the player is full? I know that I can use the DOS (cmd) command and navigate to the folder and do a (dir) command but I figured their must be an easier way?

A. There is a free program called Space Explorer. They have a home edition. You can download it from It is similar to Windows Explorer. Then you will be able to see the exact size of every folder.

In explorer you can right click on a folder. If you want to select multiple folders (hold down control and select multiple folders by clicking on them) then right click on one of them and then go to properties and it will tell you how much data is on the folders you selected.

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